Olivier from DxO Labs: Hello to all,Thank you for your comments.You can also have a look behind the scene of DxO FilmPack on this page :http://campaigns.dxo.com/filmpack/en/US/intro
long term DXO / filmpack user here - have downloaded and tried the new version and on the whole like the new effects and interface, certainly worth the upgrade fee for me. One criticism / suggestion re the frames - other plugins / tools have more options to vary things like the frame thickness - would be a useful addition in future updates (if only for the plain black / white frames). Also, when I saw film as a frame I was hoping to see the complete sprocket holes rather than just a hint at the edge - again the choice to adjust this to taste would be useful. But on the whole, nice.
RobertSigmund: I am happy with my Sony 1,8 35. It is cheap, and it is light, and the pictures it makes are nice, and it already has fallen of the floor without damage. Why should I spend money for the difference between 1,8 and 1,4?
The Sony 1.8 is indeed a great lens in terms of optics and value.. however the Sigma is different class of lens in many ways - its slightly faster, optically superior, has higher build quality and perhaps most importantly is a full frame lens for cameras like the A99. Whether that justifies the extra 600 or so GBP is down to the individual user and his / her requirements.
rjx: I like the idea of the 12mm. But why a 32mm 1.8 lens? I'm sure it will be a great quality lens hopefully with the great Zeiss microcontrast. But the Fuji 35mm 1.4 is a one of the best lenses on any system and it's half the price of the Zeiss 32mm. Why not release something different, like an 85mm prime?
And of course the Sigma 30mm f2.8 for NEX as well - a tad slower, plastic shell but great IQ and ridiculously cheap.
I guess choice is good though as all 3 are great to fab lenses (i'm giving the zeiss the benefit of the doubt - I expect it to be stunning).. dirt cheap, mid range with OSS or ultimate IQ at a price.
I too would have liked to see something different but then a fast 85mm in a small, NEX friendly size would be a lot trickier to design.
Plastek: Yawn... yet another NEX? Which one is this within last 24 months? 3rd? 5th? 10th?
Whilst I agree that Sony is getting a bit of a rep of producing too many bodies and not enough lenses, I don't think that is a fair reason for criticising DPR for reviewing what is an excellent camera with many user requested refinements and upgrades. Oh, and there are 5 primes and 6 zooms by Sony in E-mount - these are already out and available to buy now. Plus the 2 adaptors for the 16mm and 2 excellent sigma primes... and more to come this year from Sony and Third parties. Whilst its competitors certainly have more lens options, the argument that there are no lenses for the NEX is getting a little old. There is of course always room for more and better lenses but the system as a whole is starting to mature nicely and this camera is, in my opinion, an excellent example of that.
zvezdaphoto: Some very funny, sad, ignorant and the odd voice of reason on dpreview and a few other places in the media today about the fate of Jessops. Having worked for the company twice, the problems with the business model are plain for all who have any inside knowledge to see. It is a complex mixture of market place, changing times, consumer apathy and to be honest some plain bad management from the senior people (On a golf course near you). I don't want to lament the failure, but reading the comments from some people saying how they won't miss Jessops and good riddance etc ... has left me feeling somewhat cold and in an odd way a little bit angry.
Message boards like this one (1) give people anonymity and (2) require people to be brief and / or generalise. I'm sure many of the people making the angrier / harsher comments would not be so callous as to seek out their nearby Jessops store and make those same statements to the face of staff who face a a very distressing period ahead of statutory redundancy and job seeking in a sector that has an increasingly bleak outlook. Yet here, from the comfort of their keyboard they feel free to do so and indeed are (rightly or wrongly) entitled to their opinions.
The flipside of this is that Jessops as a company wasn't a great chain and had many problems / faults (listed ad nauseum across the web in the last few days) and customers do, quite rightly, feel angry at the company for their own poor experiences and losses (e.g. lost deposits, vouchers, damaged goods that they can't return etc).
As you say, lets hope something can be salvaged from this mess for both the staff and customers sake.
This is bad news for photography as a hobby in the UK. For all its faults (which were many) it had SOME good stores / staff and I feel sorry for them. Plus they were a presence on the high street - people new to photography could go there and ask advice / see and handle cameras before they bought and get their pictures printed. This helps bring new photographers into the hobby, those making the jump from phones to something with more control and IQ. In the long term, this could be good for independents and the few remaining small camera chains but in the short term this causes disruption in the market place, potentially a flood of cheap stock if theres a firesale and generally puts people off making camera purchases until the dust settles (e.g. people wait to see if jessops start dropping prices) Given the mixed reports we are seeing for Christmas sales, a month of hesitant customers in an already slow period could be enough to force a few non-jessops stores to the wall too.
Nice review of a great little upgrade - although as an a55 user, I would really miss the GPS function.
One question - does this camera overcome the studio light problem (i.e. if you try and use it under studio strobes, the viewfinder is too dark to see unless you find a work around (i.e. find a way to pop up the flash to compensate for the lack off light until the strobes fire)?
IcyVeins: DPR Why did you fast track this camera over ones that have been available longer and are probably better, like the A57 and K-30 and GF5 and RX100?
Another Sony shooter here - as much as I'm interested in seeing an a57 review, its strange to say DPR hate Sony - look at the list of golds awarded to interchangeable lens cameras since they updated their review format a few years back - 12 cameras got the gold and 4 of them were Sony (c.f. 3 canon, 3 nikon and 1 for Pentax and Olympus) - they may take their time reviewing all the different Sony models that flood in but they do seem to like them... they like them quite a bit in fact.
Been using 7 for a few weeks now and can say that its a great upgrade if you need the new profiles (e.g. Sony A77) with some nice interface tweaks and a noticeable speed increase on my PC (less so on my Macbook Pro but that was already fast). If you have version 6.6 and don't need the new profiles / were happy with the speed, its a nice rather than essential upgrade as core image processing functionality is the same. The upgrade cost for existing users is reasonable compared to some I've seen, support has been excellent - I had a few issues with 6.x and every time I contacted DXO, I had personal responses within 1 working day from people that seemed to know what they were talking about rather than reading off a help sheet. I recommend DXO to all my photog friends but they seem obsessed with Adobe products - and then moan about the time it takes to learn how to use them! DXO is the most powerful EASY to use Raw processor on my PC.. and I've got 8 of them installed at the moment!
robbo d: Wow.....I am amazed at the hate mail these new products get, Lol.
Would have thought someone just took one of your favourite toys !!!! The Pentax Q has a rival for negative reaction here..........
Now I am looking to upgrade my glass from Pentax kit, so already have image stab in camera, like the quality of EX glass, cheaper than Pentax glass.....
Hmmmmm, am I missing something here, I would have thought it would be a definite option for someone like me????
Arent Sigma just offering a specific option for people with in camera stab?? Would have thought that was commendable, as you can get issues with trying to use lens stab at the same time.
robbo, the anger is because Sigma released the OS version 2 years ago for Sony / Pentax, but are now revising the design to remove the OS without any additional features e.g. reduction in size / weight / improved IQ but plan to charge exactly the same as before.. and stop making the earlier OS version in Sony / pentax.. but keep making the canikon version WITH OS.
Kuturgan: Does it work with NX200?
I'm looking forward to processing some of my higher iso a77 shots to see what DXO makes of them - its always done a great job at NR with my a55. One question for Axel - your press release mentions support for opencl in the windows version - will mac opencl be coming at some point in the future? I use a windows desktop and recently bought a macbook pro so will be installing on both platforms...
Roland Karlsson: To me enthusiast lenses are lenses that enthusiasts buy, i.e. lenses with exceptional qualities or other extreme properties. To me a "roundup" is a rather complete summary of something. Neither of those objectives are met by this article IMHO.
Fun reading nevertheless.
Andrei, whilst I believe your quoted stats, its worth noting that both the lenses you mention are older designs than the lenses in the round up, thus are more likely to turn up in user reviews / stats etc.
RE the 60mm tamron, this macro has got very good reviews and has not been around as long / is not as widely available (here in the UK anyway) as the 90mm Tamron which is basically quite an old design (still a fantastically sharp macro lens though).Re the 1.4 sigmas, I have both the 30 and the 50 - whilst the 30 is cheaper and more common, the IQ on the 50 has far superior sharpness corner to corner, suffers from less CA and purple fringing and is sharper wide open (the 30 mm stopped down a bit is certainly sharp in the centre though). Scott